Recycling and Waste Management for Supermarkets

Supermarkets naturally produce a fair amount of waste every year. While the amount of food waste is actually relatively small compared to that wasted by the hospitality industry as well as households, it is still something that has room for improvement. Recycling and better waste management have become key issues in recent years, and member of the public have been asking companies to improve their contributions to both. There are several ways you can manage your waste in a supermarket, and all of them are relatively easy to implement into your company. Take a look at these suggestions and start managing your waste more efficiently.

Food Waste

The vast majority of wasted food is due to it going out of date. Currently, supermarkets offer this food at a discounted price up until the last date shown on the package. After that, they are disposed of in the waste bins outside and ready for collection.

However, you could be giving (or selling) your food waste to a local farm who might need it for composting. Alternatively, a waste collection service may be able to take it to a composting plant for you so that the leftover food can be recycled and used again to create new crops and plants.

Misplaced Products

It can be difficult to manage food waste if it is a case of it expiring and no longer being saleable, but there is also the issue of misplaced products. A large number of customers will pick something up from the cold aisle and if they change their mind later they will place it on a shelf in the store that is not chilled.

This contributes to supermarket waste more than you might think as they are often left on the shelves for some time. Ensure your employees are always on the hunt for this food and place it back in the chiller as quickly as possible. Of course, sometimes it will be too late, but the faster they find the items the less waste will be produced.

Keeping Count

Make sure you are keeping accurate records of the amount of waste produced each day. That way you know exactly what is being thrown out and how much the collection charges will be. It also means that you can carefully monitor each section so that if they start producing more waste than usual you can work with them to try and cut it down.


Most of the waste generated by supermarkets can be recycled. The food and some of the cardboard to create compost, and other items such as cans and bottles can be made into new ones. Our waste collection services will ensure all of your waste is taken away and as much of it as possible is recycled. It looks good on you as a company, but also helps the environment as the more items are recycled, the less new ones will have to be manufactured.

Waste Management Machinery

Supermarkets produce an exorbitant amount of cardboard packaging waste along with plastic packaging waste. You can use our services to hire or purchase cardboard or plastic baling or compacting machines that compress this kind of waste into tidy, easy to transport waste package bundles. Contact us today to find out how these machines can transform the waste management at supermarkets and other commercial enterprises.

To Conclude

Waste management for supermarkets is very simple and easy to implement, and the recycling services are easy to find as well. Take a look on our website for a quick quote that offers you the best deals and prices available. With these simple steps and our assistance, you supermarket will be on the right track to optimum waste management levels and improved recycling.

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